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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Accounting for Health Care in Atlanta
back from the Association of Health Care Journalists meeting in
Atlanta, GA (thanks to support from the MO Foundation for Health).
Terrific meeting as always featuring some of our nation's best
investigative health writers, creative news producers and health care
providers. (Stay tuned to Food Sleuth Radio for upcoming related
interviews, now on Public Radio Exchange:
Meeting highlights included Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady, Rosalyn, who called for equal access to mental
and physical health care, and expanding Medicare for all. The couple,
married 66 years, work globally to eradicate chronic diseases simply by
building latrines and helping rural communities access clean water. Oh
the simple public health measures we take for granted.
Atlanta is home to the American
Cancer Society headquarters, a HUGE building, which ironically sits just
steps away from Coca Cola World. Adding to the irony: Otis Brawley, M.D. Chief Medical
Officer at ACS, delivered a keynote speech in which he identified "obesity, bad diet, and tobacco" as the leading threats
to our nation's health.
while Brawley reports that $111 million was spent last year on ovarian
cancer research, and $600 million on breast cancer research, Advertising
Age statistics show that Coca Cola spent $752 million on advertising
their brands, including: Coke, Powerade, and Sprite. Go figure.
identified drug price scandals, medical fraud, and rising health care
costs as dominating our nation's economic collapse. In case you think
U.S. health care is the best, consider this: according to Brawley, we
spend $8,000 per person per year on health care yet we rank 50th in
global life expectancy. Switzerland ranks 4th in life expectancy and
spends only $4,000 per person.
Think critically, see the irony, and eat well!
I'm a Registered Dietitian, "investigative" nutritionist and advocate for social and environmental justice. My tools: the spoken and written word, in combination with compelling images. I believe in using the power of art and media to influence public opinion, change public policy, and improve quality of life.
I'm the author of a 25+ year weekly "Food Sleuth" newspaper column, a freelance writer and syndicated radio host.
Help people "think beyond their plates;"
connect the dots between food, health and agriculture; and,
promote critical thinking and "food system literacy."
I live in Columbia, MO, with my husband, Dan, a talented photographer and the producer of Food Sleuth Radio.
Together, we created two calendars and greeting cards to celebrate the farmers who feed us "well." Our "F.A.R.M." Project captures farmers' images and stories, and contrasts food and agriculture propaganda with rural realities.
You can see some of Dan's photos here: http://enduring-image.blogspot.com
We also have two grown children, for whom we are most grateful.